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LE DERNIER N°
• THE GNAOUA
• ARAB-ANDALUSIAN MUSIC
• HISTORY OF A RELIGION

GUIDO N° 45
• TOWARDS CAPE SIM
• DAR SOLTAN AND BORJ EL OUED
• SHELL FISHING
• THE LMAHALOU SPRING

GUIDO N° 44
• THE ZAOUÏAS
• DOORS HAVE THEIR SECRETS
• DATES AND PALM TREES

GUIDO N° 43
• THE TOWNS OF ESSAOUIRA AND SAINT-MALO: TWIN SISTERS OR MIRROR IMAGES OF EACH OTHER ?
• RAFFIA CRAFT MIRO : AN EXCEPTIONAL DESIGNER
• SAFI COASTAL ROAD KASBAH HAMIDOUCH, AGOUZ, SOUIRA KÉDIMA

GUIDO N° 42
• ETERNAL MAGIC YESTERYEAR MEMORIES TODAY’S IMPRESSIONS - !!!!!
• THE SYNAGOGUE SLAT LKALHAL
• SPICES

GUIDO N° 41
• ESSAOUIRA: « A WORLD WITHIN A TOWN »
• THE NATIONAL TEA MUSEUM IN ESSAOUIRA, A CHINESE AND MOROCCAN PARTNERSHIP
• ESSAOUIRA AND ITS REGION ENHANCED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARGAN TREE
• A TOP QUALITY SARDINE

GUIDO N° 40
• UNIQUE MODEL SHIPS IN THE MEDINA!
• AN OUTSTANDING ARGAN TREE! YES, BUT WHY?
• THE DROMEDARY CAMEL AND THE BACTRIAN CAMEL
• LEMONS AND THEIR PROPERTIES

GUIDO N° 39
• EDITO N° 39
• MOULAY HASSAN SQUARE
• BREATHE, SWIM AND MOVE AROUND: SUMMER IS HERE!
• THE GNAOUA AND THE FESTIVAL

GUIDO N° 38
• THE ATTIA SYNAGOGUE: A FUTURE MUSEUM OF JUDAISM?
• THE RETURN OF THE BALD IBIS OR GERONTICUS EREMITA
• AÏN AHJAR OR THE « SOURCE FROM THE ROCKS »

GUIDO N° 37
• PUBLIC LETTER-WRITERS, A LONG LASTING TRADE!!
• THE INLAYERS’ COOPERATIVE
• THE MENZEH (OR WAREHOUSE)
• YENNAYER OR BERBER NEW YEAR OR AMAZIGH
• THE BRIDAL VEIL BROOM OR « BILOUGUI »

GUIDO N° 36
• THE PORTUGUESE CHURCH & THE DANISH CONSULATE
• ELEONORA’S FALCON
• FROM ESSAOUIRA TO SIDI KAOUKI DUNES, DESERTED BEACHES AND FISHERMEN’S VILLAGES

GUIDO N° 35
• REED CRAFTSMEN
• SAFI : THE MEDINA AND THE MARABOUT ALONG THE COAST
• TOWN ZAPPING
• THE TRAVELLER’S TREE OR RAVENALA MADAGASCARIENSIS

GUIDO N° 34
• THE SLAT LAKLHAL SYNAGOGUE
• THE DONKEY: NOT SO STUBBORN!

GUIDO N° 33
• ORGANIC HORSEHAIR : AN OLD STORY!
• FROM OLIVE TO OIL ! : ZITOUN, ZITOUNA, ZIT…
• BLACK OLIVE JAM
• THE TRACKS AROUND SIDI KAOUKI

GUIDO N° 32
• BEACONS AND SEA MARKS : REFERENCE POINTS FOR SAILORS
• WELL BEING CENTRES
• SAFI

GUIDO N° 31
• GNAOUA AND WORLD MUSIC
• A NEW LIFE FOR THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE?
• AZEMMOUR
• THE TAZOTA
• GATHERED IN THE PAPERS AS DAYS WENT BY

GUIDO N° 30
• ESSAOUIRA, THE « EVER-CHANGING »
• THE CAFÉ-HÔTEL AABDI AND THE AABDA TRIBE
• WATCHTOWER-MOUCHARABIEH-PEEPHOLE
• GREEN TOURISM IN IDA OUGOURD
• IN-CITY ZAPPING

GUIDO N° 29
• THE CLOCK
• LA FIXATION DES DUNES À ESSAOUIRA
• THE WATIER STATION - MOULAY BOUZERKTOUN
• BEAUTY SECRETS FROM MOROCCAN WOMEN
• TOWN ZAPPING

GUIDO N° 28
• FESTIVAL OF THE ATLANTIC ANDALUSIAS 2010
• TOWN CHECK
• PARADISE VALLEY

GUIDO N° 27
• THE WOOL SOUK IN ESSAOUIRA, A VANISHING ACTIVITY
• REHABILITATION OF THE ESSAOUIRA MELLAH AND OF THE SCALA AREA
• TAGENZA AND GARA GARA

GUIDO N° 26
• EDITO N° 26
• FLOODING, THE BRIDGES OF DIABET
• THE ZERRAR DAM
• SIDI MOGDUL
• OUALIDIA OR WALIDIA

GUIDO N° 25
• ALICE’S LOOKING GLASS : IOSU URIZ
• THE SOAPS OF MOGADOR

• HAMMAM AND SPA
• ITINERARY IN THE RED TOWN

GUIDO N° 24
• STREET ART
• THE ARGAN OIL FROM SIDI YASSINE
• A TOUR TO NEKNAFA AND ITS « SPA »

GUIDO N° 23
• LOGBOOK ENTRIES : MEMORIES OF THE PORT
• THE SQALAS
• THE WATER
• A TOUR OF THE COASTLINE AROUND ESSAOUIRA

GUIDO N° 22

GUIDO N° 13
• EDITO N° 13

Guido : 27 - TAGENZA AND GARA GARA

Two kilometres North of Sid Kaouki, a little village of fishermen’s huts is nestled on the beach in the hollow of the dunes. The fishermen themselves live on the heights in the village of Ouassene or in Sidi Kaouki.
You can access this village by a trail situated at about 500m from the village, after the junction where the tarred road forks to Ouassene, or on foot along the beach.

A strange kind of fishing …
During the summer months, and practically every day, the space at the back of the fishermen’ huts and opposite the remnants of a film set, is completely covered with small or big heaps of red and black seaweed. These colours make a stark contrast with the scenery of stones, sand, water, eucalyptus trees and white gorse.
The gathering of these seaweed called “gara gara” or agar agar” is restricted to the months of July and August: the other ten months being part of the necessary biological cycle of dormancy .The “agar agar” is an iron rich gelling produce obtained by dehydrating the shiny red algae and has, by derivation, given its name to the very seaweed harvested for its fabrication.
In Tagenza, only the yellow boats are entitled to harvest; the rest of the year, the boats rest on the sand in the shade of eucalyptus trees and in the company of donkeys. During hot months, the blue boats take their place. The men practically abandon every other kind of fishing, as this one is much more profitable: on this occasion, the fisherman becomes half sailor half farmer.
The seaweeds are unloaded from the boats, and brought to the village on camels’ backs; they are put to dry and then bundled up and loaded onto trucks. One can assist to an endless round of boats, men, camels and trucks. This industriousness brings to mind the intense activity of seaweed gathering in the North of Brittany.
The algae contains between 60% and 80% of water: the dune soil, the sun and the wind are the necessary conditions for a successful drying out process. A few hours of exposition in the sun are enough to give the seaweeds a beautiful aspect; they are then piled up on the already darkening heaps before being packaged.
The gathering of the seaweed is still done mainly by hand all along the coast from Oualidia to El Jadida as well as in the South of Essaouira where the seabed is full of rocks. In order to gather gara gara, men, rarely equipped with a diving suit, dive by holding their breath.
Industrial outlets are numerous: transformation into gelatine, use in cosmetics and plastics. On full moon dates, the strength and amplitude of the tide leave tons of algae all alongside the beach.
If you happen to stroll around here, you may take the opportunity to pause in this little village to admire its impressive scenery and its immense beaches. The violent thunderstorms, storms and heavy rain fall of last winter got the better of practically all of the film set and its artificial village that had yet survived against all the odds in the last few years. Nevertheless, some scattered ruins of imitation stones and some cheap pieces of mock antic style columns and vaults still remain.
On a clear day, standing higher on the cliff, the panorama all around Ouassene is a pure marvel to contemplate. Cape Sim and the surfers’ cave can be reached by the near coastal path. A few hour walk is necessary to reach Essaouira along the coast but ramblers will enjoy the surroundings: sand dunes, woods of mimosa and eucalyptus trees where turtles live, empty beaches, lone fishermen on isolated rocks and in the distance, standing out like a mirage, the town and the Purple islands.